Smallville, Conan, The Spirit: January 11th Comic Reel Wrap


Mmm, new trailer on YouTube ...

Kryptonsite has the screen captures.


Variety is reporting that Nu Image/Millennium Films has made a North American distribution rights deal with Lionsgate for a new film series based on the Robert E. Howard-created character. The first film will be written by the team of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. The film will be produced by Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Joe Gatta, Paradox Entertainment's Fredrick Malmberg, George Furla and Henry Winterstern. Trevor Short and Dimbort are executive producers. The movie is earmarked to begin production later this year, but the start date will depend on the resolution of the writers' strike.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Specialty finance and investment company Continental Entertainment Capital has signed on to partially finance the Will Eisner adaptation. "With 'Will Eisner's The Spirit,' we believe in the producing capability, judgment and business acumen of Odd Lot, the creative genius of Frank Miller as well as the great cast involved in this exciting project," said D. Jeffrey Andrick, CEC's managing director.


From the rumor file, Comics2Film has a blog claiming that a Hollywood director is putting together a Dick Grayson pitch.


Speaking of sons of Gotham, a press release from Covington & Burling LLP noted that man artist Jerry Robinson has been hired to provide consulting services on the Bat-sequel. "I am delighted to be affiliated with DC Comics, my alma mater, as a creative consultant," said Mr. Robinson. "Along with working with their talented writers and artists, I'm especially looking forward to being reunited with the feature and characters I first got involved with as a college student in 1939."


Superhero Hype has an early look at merchandising based on the Marvel movies, including looks at the characters. Nice hair, Dr. Banner!


Is it working or not? A report at IGN claims that most of the cast for the George Miller-helmed DC movie are in Australia and ready to start lensing, but the production is in chaos.


The Weinstein Company, the masterminds behind Miramax and one of Hollywood's biggest independent film companies, has completed a separate agreement with striking writers, according to Harvey Weinstein, the company's co-founder, quoted in the New York Times. "We need to get people back to work," Mr. Weinstein said. He told Deadline Hollywood Daily's Nikki Finke that the deal gives him a "competitive edge." Not that there's not the risk of reprisals from the media moguls.

Sure, George Clooney wants in on the negotiations, CBS' Les Moonves is apparently ready to talk, there's predictions of economic doom and gloom amidst reports that the strike has cost about $1.4 billion all while informal talks between the AMPTP and the DGA aren't going as well as the studios would like.

Fun fact, at the recent CES show in Vegas (i.e. happened this month) NBC Universal exec Beth Comstock said she expects digital revenue to hit $1 billion this year ... with not a cent going to the writers, actors or directors who made the content. Maybe not the smartest thing to say right now ...

Also fun, a Fox pilot is casting without a script from actor-turned-producer Shaun Cassidy.

Will the Oscars go on? Tom Hanks hopes so even though the WGA wouldn't even give a waiver to their own annual awards -- ow!

Finally, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel appeared on each others' shows to lament their plight, working without guild approval.


We can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].

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